“Television has really affected all of us much more than we realize.” —Levin (Good Morning America, 1991)
Taking the premise of true "reality TV" to its absolute extreme, Levin's Sliver concerns a tall, narrow 'sliver' apartment building (such as this unrelated example) whose every room has been bugged to transmit a constant live video feed – unbeknownst to its residents.
Levin again foresaw a nascent trend in popular culture – that the intense public appetite for then-emergent "reality TV" might lead to a demand for something akin to "total reality" in the media. And indeed, 24-hour 'news' channels and social media accounts traffic in 'reality'-based, often division-fostering content.
When asked in 1991 by legendary interviewer Larry King how he came up with Sliver's premise, Levin answered: “I thought — where is television going to go — when we get beyond “A Current Affair,” and “Hard Copy,” and... Larry King? We're going to go to total reality.”
Of Sliver's “...stripped-down and efficient” (Stephen King) narrative, Levin said: